Manchester United are set to intensify their pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld now that Belgium have been eliminated from the World Cup, according to a report on the Express.

Spurs are eager to convince Alderweireld to sign a new deal at the club as he is widely regarded as one of the best centre-backs on the planet.

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However, the Belgian seems worryingly open to the idea of leaving the club and United chief executive Ed Woodward is ready to make a move for him.

United were heavily linked with a move for the 29-year-old prior to the World Cup but found it difficult to negotiate with Spurs, who refused to budge on their £60m valuation.

But the Red Devils are hoping that they can convince the north London club to sell for £50m.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has always been a huge fan of Alderweireld and he formed one of the best defensive partnerships in recent years with Jan Vertonghen.

Mourinho wants an experienced defender to add to his squad and the Spurs man is at the top of his wish list.

If the right offer comes in from United, then Spurs aren’t expected to block Alderweireld’s move to Old Trafford, but they will not let him go until a replacement is lined up.